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The Trinidad City Council has set July 31st as the date for the recall election against Trinidad City Councilman Al Pando. Council approved the date by a vote of 6-0. Pando did not participate in the vote. The recall ballot will be mailed to voters in the city. There will also be two polling places, one at the Carnegie Public Library and the other at the Henry Sayre Senior Center, where registered voters can also go to cast their votes. Voters will be asked whether or not they wish to recall Pando. The ballot will also include names of potential candidates to replace Pando for those who chose to vote to recall him. The Trinidad Recall Action Committee collected 661 signatures in April to recall Pando. Those signatures were ruled valid in May. The first petition did not ask for a recall election. The recall committee amended the petition to ask for a recall without collecting new signatures on the petition. While Pando protested the amended petition, his protest was denied by Trinidad City Clerk Audra Garrett and the recall election was set.
Residents of San Luis who get their water from the San Luis Water and Sanitation District are once again under a boiled water order after a water pump malfunctioned on Sunday. Residents are being asked to bring water to a rolling boil for three minutes before using it for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth or any other instance in which water might be ingested. Even though the water pump has now been fixed, the drop in water pressure on Sunday prompted the boil order from the state. No contamination had been found in the system as of yesterday afternoon, however, health officials said yesterday that system pressure loss poses the possibility that contamination could come into the lines through small cracks or openings. Samples from the town’s water supply were taken yesterday for testing. Those results should be known today. For more information, call the sanitation district at 719-672-4100 or visit the Costilla County website.
Please remember that due to the extremely dry conditions in our area, fireworks for personal use have been banned this year and law enforcement authorities all over the KSPK listening area will be out looking for anyone who is using fireworks. Many of the public fireworks displays that traditionally occur each year also won’t take place this year. There are 3 public displays that we are aware of taking place in our area. The first will take place in Alamosa at the Alamosa County Fairgrounds on the south edge of the city, tomorrow, July 4th, beginning at 9:30pm. Gates will open at 7:30pm for seating in the grandstands. The show is free to the public. The City of Pueblo will also hold its traditional fireworks display tomorrow at the historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. And, Pueblo West will host its annual public fireworks display celebration tomorrow as well. Whatever you do tomorrow, have a safe and happy 4th of July.
Holy Trinity Academy in Trinidad is seeking the nominations of three people interested in serving on its board of education. HTA is a successful, private, faith-based, K-12 school in Trinidad. Nominations should be willing to attend a monthly meeting and guide the administration and faculty of the school to continue on the course of growth and educational excellence while at the same time providing families with spiritual support as they prepare their children for future lives as model students, citizens and members of their faith communities. HTA school board members must reside in Las Animas County and must be a parent or legal guardian of a student or be a financial supporter of HTA. Board members serve 4-year terms. For more information, call Andrea at 719-846-4522.
The Colorado City/Rye Lions present a tournament at Hollydot Golf Course on Saturday, July 7th, beginning at 8:30am. The tournament will include 18 holes and is limited to 27 co-ed teams. Cost is $75 per player or $300 per team. Lunch will be included and there will be goodie bags and lots of great prizes. For more information, contact Gene Meek at 719-676-2221.